Free Online Course on Design Practice in Business

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is offering free online course on Design Practice in Business. This course will introduce you to a hands-on design approach for finding new business opportunities.

In this five-week course, applicants will learn the essentials of design practice for developing new business opportunities and sparking innovation. This course will start on May 1, 2017.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 3-6 hours pw
Subject: Design
Institution: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Session: Course Starts on May 1, 2017

Providers’ Details

Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest technological university in the Netherlands. Our research is inspired by the desire to increase fundamental understanding, as well as by societal challenges. We encourage our students to be independent thinkers so they will become engineers capable of solving complex problems. Their students have chosen Delft University of Technology because of their reputation for quality education and research.

About This Course

Are you a design practitioner eager to become more strategic? Are you a business professional who wants to become more innovative? In this course, made by the world’s first strategic design school, you’ll follow the lead of big successful companies who already create new business opportunities and spark innovation by practicing design.

Why Take This Course?

This course is produced by the same team that created the Strategic Product Design master programme at TU Delft, one of the oldest and most established programmes of strategic design in the world. Moreover, industry experts will help bridging design practice and business theory in a way that is unique in the present educational landscape.

Learning Outcomes

  • How practicing design at a strategic level makes your organisation more innovative
  • Ways designers discover new business opportunities
  • Translating business insights into valuable concepts
  • Making a concept a business success
  • The pros and cons, the do’s and don’ts of design practice for business


Pinar Cankurtaran

Assistant Professor of New Product Marketing

TU Delft

Roland van der Vorst

Professor of Strategic Design for Brand Development

TU Delft

Erik Jan Hultink

Professor of New Product Marketing

TU Delft

Boris Eisenbart

Assistant Professor of Design Theory and Methodology

TU Delft

Christine De Lille

Assistant Professor in Designing User-Centred Organisations

TU Delft

Giulia Calabretta

Assistant Professor in Strategic Value of Design

Delft University of Technology

Dirk Snelders

Professor of Organising Product and Service Design

Director, Master Program Strategic Product Design

TU Delft



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